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How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Golfing Shoes

How to Choose the Perfect Pair of Golfing Shoes

Taking part in the Four Course Classic is a challenging event! If you’re going to complete 4 full rounds of golf in 24 hours, then you’ll need some great footwear to help see you through. With a whopping 72 holes, you don’t want to be limping around on the final round.

Choosing a pair of golfing shoes can be a daunting task. There’s a whole universe of golf brands, golf terms, and concepts to navigate that might be a bit overwhelming for a layman of the sport.

With that in mind, in this article, we’ll guide you through all the information you need to know to help you make your first golfing shoe purchase with confidence.

Factors to Consider

Golfing shoes are important at two separate stages of the game: During the swing, and, if you choose to walk the course rather than take a cart, whilst walking between shots.

During the swing, it is important that your feet don’t slip and that you have the right amount of traction. The golf swing creates a lot of pressure on the feet and it is important that your shoes can withstand this force. Slipping during a swing will not only ruin your shot, but can also cause serious injuries, not to mention great embarrassment.

The conditions of the course should guide your decision buy spiked or spikeless shoes. Wet and slippery pitches require spiked shoes whilst drier conditions call for spikeless shoes. Shoes that damage the turf are also to be avoided, as these can result in hefty fines and/or membership cancellation. Metal spiked shoes, for example, can cause such damage, so be weary of buying such shoes.

If you plan on walking around the course rather than taking a cart, it is important that you choose comfortable golf walking shoes. A typical 18 hole course game will result in at least 3 to 4 miles of walking, which can cause blisters and great discomfort if done with shoes that are not well-fitted and appropriate for walking.

Here, the decision to purchase spikeless or spiked shoes is also important. If you plan on walking between shots, know that spikeless shoes are usually more comfortable. This is particularly true when comparing old shoes as spiked shoes tend to loose spikes as they age, causing and uneven balance of foot support which will undoubtedly cause discomfort and potentially injuries.

Style is also an important consideration depending on where you usually play golf. High-end club houses might forbid certain styles, so be sure to consider your local course’s etiquette.

In the past, most shoes followed a formal style, but in recent times, designs are converging to those of running shoes. The choice between these two styles depends once again on how much walking you intend on doing, how formal your golf course is, and the conditions of the course. Also consider purchasing a separate pair of shoes to use in the club house as it is often forbidden to bring your golfing shoes to these areas.

Adidas, Nike, Puma, and New Balance are considered to be the leading casual golfing shoe brands whilst brand like ECCO and G/FORE offer shoes that are a bit more formal.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has helped you choose your golfing shoes. This is an important decision that is often taken too hastily and can greatly influence your comfort and performance at the range.

Investing in a good pair will not only improve your form but can also save you money on the long run, as cheaper models tend to break down easily.

If you’ve got any extra tips or have a favourite model, feel free to share it in the comment section below!

Good luck on the course!

Making use of Your Old Golf Clubs

Making use of Your Old Golf Clubs

Merry Christmas and Happy New year everyone. For those lucky readers who have had new golf clubs this Christmas, you might be wondering what to do with your old ones? Well you could stick them up for sale, hand them down to a relative, donate them to a charity shop… but if they’re poor condition you might want to consider an alternative.

If you like playing around in your shed or garage, there’s a whole range of golf art, furniture and sculpures you could be working on. These are my favourite ways to repurpose old clubs, because they look amazing!

Below are some of the best ideas I’ve seen from across the internet. There’s plenty more you can do with your old clubs so don’t be afraid to come up with something new.

1. Golf Wine Rack

golf Wine Rack
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The golf club wine rack is a stylish addition to the kitchen that’s perfect for those who like to unwind with a glass of red after 18 holes (or even 72). This could also make a great unique gift, as it’s something you won’t find in the shops.

2. Golf Club Coat Hanger

Golf coat hanger
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If you haven’t grown tired of sawing off the ends of your golf clubs yet, then this is another great addition to your household. Below is an example of a hand crafted oak golf club racks by Amish Wood Plaques, and is the best quality coat hanger of this style that I’ve seen. I get the feeling that they didn’t like playing with a 4 Iron!

3. Golf Club Tables

Golf Club Table
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This is probably my favourite of all the repurposed golf clubs. It’s simple to build because you don’t have to break apart the clubs and it looks really stylish. All you need is a couple of pieces of wood to go on either end and you’ve got yourself a fine looking beer table.

4. Golf Club Art

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There’s so much incredible art you could make if you put your mind to it, both for indoor and outdoor features. Above is a stunning ball feature, although you probably won’t have enough clubs to make one of these! Below is a more simple but cool idea resembling a chicken. Overall just make sure you have fun and make whatever you like.

Golf Club Bird Art
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Tips for Creating Art with Golf Clubs

Some of you might be looking at these creations and wondering how on earth they were made, so we’ve attached some useful resources for you to look at below. You’ll be better welding the metal rather that using superglue, as this is much more durable and reliable. If you’re a newcomer to the world of welding, it’s much easier that you think due to more recent technological advanced with the introduction of MIG and TIG welding. Check out some of the resources below which will help you get up and creating great items with your old golf clubs in no time at all.

Resources

www.mig-welding.co.uk

www.kingsofwelding.com

www.carpentry-tips-and-tricks.com

Example of a Golf Marathon

Example of a Golf Marathon

Golf Course 1 – Old Fold Manor

Two fourballs arrive at first light and tee-off between 4.00am and 4.30am.

They both get round quickly as there is no-one holding them up. They finish at around 7.30am-8.00am

DRIVE TO NEXT COURSE

Golf Course 2 – The Shire, London

Fourballs tee-off promptly between 8.30am and 9.00am.

Both teams finish their round by 12.30pm-1.00pm

DRIVE TO NEXT COURSE

Golf Course 3 – Trent Park

After a quick lunch, the teams tee-off between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.

Both fourballs finish their round by 5.00pm-5.30pm and head to the next course.

DRIVE TO NEXT COURSE

Golf Course 4 – Enfield

The light is fading and the teams are getting tired. They tee-off between 5.30pm and 6.00pm

Both fourballs finish their round by 10.00pm and head to 73rd hole for a well earned drink.

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